End Jim Crow Education in East Ramapo Schools
The East Ramapo School District in Rockland County is a shocking example of 21st Century Jim Crow-style education.
For more than a decade, the white-majority school board has favored private education while hollowing out the schools attended by Black and Latinx youth. Even though the district receives considerable state investment, the school board is unaccountable to the public school community. As a result, the schools are in rapid decline.
Lead-contaminated drinking fountains are in every public school building in East Ramapo, and the district has some of the lowest graduation rates and student performance of any district in the county. These outcomes would never be tolerated by New York State if most of the students were white, but because the students are overwhelmingly children of color, including large immigrant communities, these conditions are allowed to persist.
TAKE ACTION: Tell state officials to fight systemic racism and stand up for East Ramapo's public school students.
Governor Kathy Hochul
Speaker Carl Heastie
Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins